Thursday, March 19, 2009

Broke and Still Spending Money We Ain't Got
on Wars We Don't Have to Fight!

This next stuff is really common knowledge but I have to document it anyway...


Money mess created by six years of Iraq

It's primarily because we've spent or authorized more money on the Iraq war (its sixth anniversary is next Thursday) than we're putting into the stimulus program. Comparison:

•The Iraq war $864 billion.
•The stimulus program $787 billion.

Sure, greedy bankers, covetous Wall Streeters, irresponsible buyers of homes and cars they couldn't afford all contributed to this recession. But if we hadn't blown that huge bundle in Iraq, we could have handled our problems here at home more easily.


Many Democrats as well as nearly all Republicans in Congress gave Bush that blank check. Votes on the Iraq resolution:

• House of Representatives: Yes, 215 Republicans, 81 Democrats.
• Senate: Yes, 48 Republicans, 29 Democrats.

By contrast, the votes on President Obama's recovery or stimulus plan to clean up the mess that Congress helped create with the Iraq misadventure:

• House: 246 Democrats, 0 Republicans.
• Senate: 56 Democrats, 3 Republicans.

Both parties got us into this mess, but only one is trying to get us out of it.


It's simple really. Republicans think war is good for business and good for you too. But, of course, it isn't.

Maybe Obama, who very significantly rode in on the twin issues of the economy and the war in Iraq needs to rethink his position on Afghanistan. We don't need it. I know about the pipeline and the resource issue. But if we move quickly on greening energy usage we won't need any of that shit.

The world doesn't have to be this way.